The Literacy Learning Project

Structured literacy programs and learning and behaviour intervention for students in Years prep – 8

 

 

Early Intervention can make a difference to your child’s life

We believe that when a child experiences success and a sense of belonging, learning takes place. We also know that academic behaviours are required for learning to take place. Some of these learning behaviours include task engagement and participation, maintaining attention, starting and completing set tasks.

When children find the core academic skills such as reading, writing and spelling difficult to learn, they are less likely to experience success. This can result in students becoming disengaged, affecting their ability to develop the academic mindset and behaviours required for learning. Additionally, if a student has difficulties with their executive functioning or processing skills, and/ or working memory, adverse behaviours of task avoidance and disruption may become even more problematic.

 

Overview of The Literacy Learning Project

Using our multidisciplinary approach to therapy, TLLP will assist children to overcome challenges in literacy. This intervention supports executive functioning and motor planning skills by using a structured literacy learning framework.

Executive Functioning skills are critical components of ‘learning to learn’ but are not often explicitly taught at school. The literacy learning framework, founded on The Spalding Method will develop the students learning behaviours, including their ability to maintain focus, follow directions, self-regulate, initiate tasks, organise themselves, and reflect on their learning and progress towards their planned goals.

TLLP will use s Explicit, Systematic, Diagnostic, Sequential, Multi-sensory and Integrated Instruction, that focuses on what is known as The Big Five of literacy instruction: Phonemic Awareness, Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP), Vocabulary, Fluency and Comprehension. It will also allow students to work collaboratively with each other and develop oral language and presentation skills. All skills will be transferable to the classroom.

TLLP assists children by increasing their participation and understanding in the following literacy areas:

  • Handwriting
  • Spelling and Language Conventions
  • Sentence Construction and Vocabulary Development
  • Comprehension tasks
  • Writing
  • Planning strategies

Explicit teaching of executive functioning skills will also address and support the development of:

  • Prioritising work & being organised with their school work
  • Remembering simple instructions
  • Developing attention skills to the task at hand; overcoming distractibility
  • Completing tasks within a set time
  • Commencing and completing homework

If any of the above areas are of concern or are identified as challenges for your child, our transdisciplinary team can help and will provide effective tools and strategies via our literacy intervention program.

 

What is Executive Functioning and how does this affect learning?

Executive Function is described as ‘the CEO of the brain’, where mental skills consolidate to help us get things done. When children struggle with these executive functioning skills, it has a direct impact on their learning. Many children have issues with processing information and executive functioning.

The three main areas of executive function are:

  • Working memory
  • Cognitive flexibility (also called flexible thinking)
  • Inhibitory control (which includes self-control)

Executive function is responsible for a number of skills, including:

  • Paying attention
  • Organising, planning and prioritising
  • Starting tasks and staying focused on them to completion
  • Understanding different points of view
  • Regulating emotions
  • Self-monitoring (keeping track of what you’re doing)

Executive function develops over time so children may struggle in different ways and at different stages. In younger children, preschool to Year 2, executive function difficulties may be present as:

  • difficulty to start a task and/ once started, a difficulty to complete the task
  • easily distracted
  • mixing up school assignments
  • disorganisation such as bringing home the wrong books or resources
  • messy desk and/or schoolbag
  • an inability to focus on the main idea of a discussion.

 

Will The Literacy Learning Project support my child’s executive functioning challenges?

The program recognises and acknowledges the impact that an executive functioning deficit has on a students ability to learn. Many of the strategies in TLLP assist children to improve their executive functioning ability so they can participate in learning at the same level as their peers.

LLP assists with your child’s attention and concentration through a structured approach, which includes:

  • tailored lessons, incorporating many opportunities for students to experience immediate success
  • clear and explicit weekly routines and procedures that include visuals
  • the use of specific strategies to ensure students learn to refocus their attention
  • The gradual Introduction of new concepts, ensuring that the working memory is not overloaded

 

How will this be achieved and measured?

Our learning intervention specialists are practicing teachers who use evidenced based pedagogy including, explicit teaching, collaborative learning, gradual exposure, repetition, modelling. They will use rogress monitoring to support the students individual growth and needs. In addition, their combined experiences working with students with learning difficulties and disabilities, will ensure that they can make appropriate adjustments to support learning as required.

Sessions are also supported and attended by a psychologist to assist with executive functioning, anxiety and behavioural support as required. The lessons will be in a small group setting, running for 60 minutes and will consist of fast-paced, sequential, integrated learning activities and games.

 

The Use of Non-Cognitive Factors to Support Learning

As well as developing the skills required for academic study, we aim to integrate behaviours, skills and attitudes that are essential for learning success. This program encompasses the following:

Cost: $1,800 for Term 1, 2021

FAHCSIA Funded, NDIS, Better Start or rebates through Medicare Benefit Scheme may apply.

The cost of the program includes:

  • 1 parent session
  • Weekly email
  • Weekly homework

To get more information about the Literacy Learning Project call 03 9833 1120 or email info@ontracktherapygroup.com.au

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